Anna Rubbo is an Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, Australia; Co-founding Editor, Architectural Theory Review(http://www.arch.usyd.edu.au/web/research/publications.html); and in the past year organized the Global Studio 2005 at the UIA Congress in Istanbul as part of the United Nations Millennium Project (http://www.thegloblstudio.com).
Dr. Rubbo has degrees in architecture from the University of Melbourne and the University of Michigan, where she also taught. She has worked in practice in Australia (Ancher , Mortlock & Murray, G & R Block, Peter Muller) and the UK (Arup Associates), and in her doctorate investigated cultural and design questions in relation to housing and settlement patterns in a rural area of Colombia, South America. She was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York (1995) and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.(2001-2).
She has served as head of the University of Sydney's Department of Architecture Planning and Allied Arts, as BSc (Architecture) and BArch program coordinator, and as a member of the NSW Board of Architects. Currently she is a member of the National Capital Authority Griffin Legacy Advisory Panel.
Selected publications over past 5 years have included: "'Educating Architects for Globalization" , in Architecture, Culture and the Challenges of Globalization, ACSA International Conference (2002 - forthcoming); "Share the Spirit: Homelessness in Australia" in International Perspectives on Homelessness, 'Polakow, V. and Guillean C., (Eds.)(2001); and a variety of articles on architects Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffen.
Current research areas and interests include architectural history and biography, housing, gender in relation to education and the profession, globalization and architecture. Her teaching has been primarily in design, and cross-cultural and community development issues, including social and environmental responsibility as it relates to design.
Herman Hertzberger graduated from the Technical University of Delft in 1958. He has been a Teacher at the Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam; Professor at the Technical University of Delft; Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland); Chairman of the Berlage Institute Amsterdam; and guest teacher at universities and architectural institutes in Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the U.S.A.
His architectural practice was established in 1960. Well-known buildings designed by the Architectuurstudio Herman Hertzberger include the Centraal Beheer head office (Apeldoorn), the Music Centre Vredenburg (Utrecht), and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment Office (The Hague). His bureau is known for its many cultural buildings, schools, and residential building throughout the world. Herman Hertzberger has won a large number of design competitions, has been granted with many honorary fellowships and has received international awards for individual projects as well as for his entire oeuvre.
Some of his recent publications are: Herman Hertzberger, Lessons for Students in Architecture (1991, second revised edition 2005 - also published in Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese); Space and the Architect, Lessons in Architecture 2 (2000); Articulations (2002); and Shelter for Culture. Herman Hertzberger & Apeldoorn (2004).
To put Herman Hertzberger's contribution to world architecture in greater perspective, Hans van Dijk in Twentieth-Century Architecture in the Netherlands, writes "…this journal (FORUM, 1959-63) was transformed into the vibrant mouthpiece of an active movement. Its editors called for 'another idea', a fusion of architecture and urban design, as the counterform for a complex society. It was to replace a positivistic view of man with a vision embracing the transcendental and recover the relationship between man and his environment, a relationship that had been thrown off balance by bureaucratic and technocratic forces. H. Herzberger (b.1932), one of FORUM's younger editors, compounded the configuration idea into a consistent architectural idiom that enabled him (later) to articulate such large office buildings as Centraal Beheer in Apeldoorn while remaining alive to the spontaneous appropriation of the building's space by its users."
Professor Roger Hart has been Co-Director of the Children's Environments Research Group(CERG) at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York for the past 20 years. CERG has two major overlapping strands of work. The first is a focus on the planning, design and management of children's physical environments. The second is a broader concern with fulfilling the rights of children, sometimes without a specific focus on the physical environment. As a result, he increasingly collaborates with international children's agencies, in particular UNICEF and the Save the Children Alliance in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.
Dr. Hart's writings cover the breadth of the field from the theoretical to the practical. Recent books include Children's Participation and Cities for Childrenfor UNICEF and Play Gardens for the Design Trust for Public Space. Translations of his work have appeared in Japan, Thailand, China, Turkey, Spain, Italy and France.
Aside from his current long-standing University position in New York, he has also taught in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the Ecole d'Archtiecture, Universite de Montreal. He has also lectured across the globe; works as Editor and Board member of a number of periodicals (including Revista Latinoamericana de Ninez Y Jeventud); has been the representative to UNICEF since 1983 of the International Association Play Association and served on various urban environmental task forces. He is also a board member of The Childwatch International Research Network and the Centro International de Educación y Desarrollo Humano in Colombia.
Finally, Roger, who was raised in England and attended the University of Hull in Yorkshire as an undergraduate, is a pilot and aerial photographer. He used these skills in researching the use of aerial photographs in elementary school education while studying at the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Noeman AlSayyad is an Egyptian Architect who received his professional training at Cairo University and UC Berkeley, where his interest focused on children and the social and cultural bases of architecture and urban design. His focus on children stemmed from a long-standing involvement with the Children's International Summer Villages (CISV) International, an international, independent, volunteer organization promoting peace education and cross-cultural communication among children and young people. Starting as a volunteer in Egypt, he went on to serve as Vice President for the international association for two terms.
He currently serves as the Head of the Information, Communication and Results-based Management Unit of the United Nations Development Programme in Egypt. His career with the UN started serendipitously in 1992 when he was recruited by UNICEF to write a position paper on children and the environment in Egypt. His work with UNICEF which spanned over 10 years-in Egypt and Iraq-included work on development communication; education for peace; social mobilization around the Convention on the Rights of the Child and hygiene education. Despite having professionally shifted focus towards development communication, he continues to seize opportunities to maintain a keen interest in architecture both intellectually and professionally.